Definition of there adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ðeə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ðer//
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  1. 1  there is, are, was, were, etc. used to show that something exists or happens There's a restaurant around the corner. There are two people waiting outside. Has there been an accident? I don't want there to be any misunderstanding. There seemed to be no doubt about it. There comes a point where you give up. There remains the problem of finance. Suddenly there was a loud bang. (informal) There's only four days left. (literary) There once was a poor farmer who had four sons.
  2. 2  in, at or to that place or position We went on to Paris and stayed there eleven days. I hope we get there in time. It's there, right in front of you! There it is—just behind the chair. ‘Have you seen my pen?’ ‘Yes, it's over there.’ There are a lot of people back there (= behind) waiting to get in. I'm not going in there—it's freezing! We're almost there (= we have almost arrived). Can I get there and back in a day? I left in 2008 and I haven't been back there since. Hello, is Bob there please? (= used when calling somebody on the phone) I took one look at the car and offered to buy it there and then/then and there(= immediately).
  3. 3  existing or available I went to see if my old school was still there. The money's there if you need it.
  4. 4at that point (in a story, an argument, etc.) ‘I feel…’ There she stopped. I don't agree with you there.
  5. 5used to attract somebody’s attention Hello, there! You there! Come back! There you are! I've been looking for you everywhere.
  6. 6used to attract somebody’s attention to a particular person, thing or fact There's the statue I was telling you about. That woman there is the boss's wife. There goes the last bus (= we've just missed it). There goes the phone (= it's ringing). (humorous) There goes my career! (= my career is ruined) So, there you have it: that's how it all started.
  7. 7there to do something used to show the role of a person or thing in a situation The fact is, they're there to make money.
  8. Word OriginOld English thǣr, thēr of Germanic origin; related to Dutch daar and German da, also to that and the.Idioms (informal) used to show that you think a place or an activity is not very interesting or impressive because you have already experienced it Not Spain again! Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. to be available if somebody wants to talk to you or if they need help You know I'll always be there for you. (Welsh English) there; to there He's over by there. (informal) to know all about a situation because you have experienced it  in various places Papers were scattered here and there on the floor. (informal) not very intelligent, especially because of mental illness (informal) used to show that you are determined not to change your attitude or opinion Well, you can't have it, so there! (informal) that is the situation It's crazy, I know, but there it is. (British English, informal) used to say that something is very good, even if it is not perfect At the end of the tournament, he'll be there or thereabouts (= he may not win, but he will be one of the best players).
    there’s something for you
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    (informal) used to say that something is a very good example of something She visited him every day he was in the hospital. There's devotion for you. (ironic) He didn't even say thank you. There's gratitude for you!
    there’s a good boy, girl, dog, etc.
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    (informal) used to praise or encourage small children or animals Finish your lunch, there's a good boy.
    there’s lovely, nice, etc.
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    (Welsh English) used to say that something has a particular quality
    (informal) used to persuade a small child to stop crying or being upset There, there! Never mind, you'll soon feel better.
      there you are (also there you go) (informal)
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    1. 1  used when giving somebody a thing they want or have asked for There you are—that'll be £3.80, please. OK, there you go.
    2. 2used when explaining or showing something to somebody You switch on, push in the DVD and there you are! There you are! I told you it was easy!
    3. 3used when you are talking about something that happens in a typical way or about a situation that cannot be changed There you go—that's what they're like. I know it’s not ideal but there you go…
    (informal) used to criticize somebody when they behave in a way that is typical of them There you go again—jumping to conclusions.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: there